Strong showing for Hancock, L’Anse boys
IRON RIVER – The Hancock boys netted a pair of double winners and a second-place finish in a Division 2 track regional Friday hosted by West Iron County at Nelson Field.
The Bulldogs notched 33 points to finish well behind winner Ishpeming’s 57. L’Anse jumped into third place with 27.
Hancock hurdler Jacob Jarvis easily broke his own school record in the 110 high hurdles to win the event in 15.38, a step ahead of defending U.P. champ Vincente Carlson of Westwood.
Jarvis won the 300 intermediates decisively in 42.04 to complete the double with a margin of more than two seconds.
The other Bulldog individual wins came in the throwing circles, where Gage Hawthorne wiped out his competition. The sophomore easily qualified to defend his U.P. championship in the discus with a heave of 140 feet, nearly 15 beyond his Finals-winning total and nearly 22 longer than any regional competitor. In the shot put, Hawthorne’s winning mark was 48-foot-3, more than six feet ahead of second place.
Hancock claimed a fifth win with the team of Alex Dewald, Jack Fenton, Brandon Zamora and Jarvis in the 800 relay.
The Bulldogs qualified nine entries for the Finals May 31 in Kingsford, which requires a top-four finish at the regional meet.
L’Anse made major improvement, earning four wins and nine Finals entries.
Ryan LaBerge doubled up by taking the 200 by a wide margin in 23.09, then ruling the long jump with a leap of 18-5 1/2. Sprint teammate Brandon Kemppainen edged Ishpeming’s Derek DeCaire 11.44 to 11.52 in the 100 and the pair combined with Joey and Ryan Beauprey to take the 400 relay.
There was less local success on the girls’ side, where host West Iron’s 97 points were more than enough to take home the trophy. Hancock was fourth with 16 and L’Anse sixth with five.
The lone Copper Country winner was Olivia Rouleau, who flung the discus 91-1 to comfortably earn a chance to defend her U.P. championship.
The Bulldogs also got a second from Ellie Lucier in the 300 hurdles. Lucier also qualified in the 200.
Hancock will have eight entrants May 31.
All of L’Anse’s points came in relays, with the 800 group of Maddie Etelamaki, Karli Hoggard, Lindsay Hulkonen and Rebecca Roth finishing second. The Hornet 400 relay qualified in third.